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January 2006 - The Boys' Brigade

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VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006

The Boys’ Brigade

Patron: H.M. The Queen

President: The Very Revd Professor

Alan Main, TD MA STM PhD

Brigade Secretary: Steve Dickinson


Headquarters: Felden Lodge,

Felden, Hemel Hempstead,

Hertfordshire HP3 0BL

Tel 01442 231681; Fax 01442 235391;



Our Object

The advancement of Christ’s Kingdom

among boys and the promotion of

habits of Obedience, Reverence,

Discipline, Self-Respect and all that

tends towards a true Christian


The Gazette

The Gazette is the official publication

of The Boys’ Brigade. Official notices

to members appear under Brigade

Announcements. Opinions expressed

in any other articles are those of the

author of the article and do not

necessarily reflect Brigade policy.

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Editorial Team

Mary Care, Steve Dickinson, Chris


Submission of copy

All material submitted with a view to

publication in the next issue of BB

Gazette should be addressed to the

Editor at Brigade Headquarters to

arrive by February 1st 2006.


It is a particular pleasure for me to be writing this, my first

President’s Message to you at the start of a New Year. I am

so very recently into my post that this is the first

opportunity I have so far had of saying just how proud I am

to be asked to serve The Boys’ Brigade in this way.

As some of you may know, I come from a very strong BB

family background and right throughout the course of my

life’s work and ministry the influence of the Brigade has run

like an unbroken thread, making me thankful for all that it

has meant – and still means, to me. And today, as I meet

people in the course of being President, I am told the same

story by so many – of just how influential The Boys’ Brigade

has been in forming them into the people they have

become. Sir William Smith did a greater thing than ever he

could have imagined when he founded the Brigade back

there in 1883 in Glasgow. How could he ever have envisaged

the mighty organisation it would become, spanning the

entire earth in 60 countries within excess of half a million

members. And each of us has his or her own part to play in

its life, its present and its future.

The torch of leadership passes into our hands and I am

reminded of that lovely old quotation: “I said to the man

who stood at the gate of the year, ‘give me a light that I may

tread safely into the unknown’. And he said, ‘put your hand

into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light

and safer than a known way’.

May the Lord richly bless you all in 2006.

The Very Revd Professor Alan Main, TD MA

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Special Features

Engagae a generation ................2

Onaway ....................................10

Programme Review..................12

Parachute games ....................14

The Giant Sleepover ................21

Brigade Forums ......................22

Around Scotland......................23

Friends of Felden ....................24

Millennium Volunteers ............25

Ten pin bowling ......................26

Regular Features

Brigade announcements ............4

Chaplain’s Corner ......................6

Here and There ..........................8

Programmes on a plate............15

Company Spotlight..................19

Firrn Foundations ..................20

Obituaries ................................27

BB Supplies ............................28

Small ads ................................30

Advertisers ................................31


As we approach the start of a New Year

it is rightly a time for reflection, but

also a time to look forward with

anticipation for what might be. Have

we achieved all that we had hoped?

What are our priorities for the year


The Government, through its Agenda in

“Every Child Matters” is seeking to

improve outcomes for children and

young people and sets out five priorities

that matter most:

• Being Healthy: enjoying good

physical and mental health and

living a healthy lifestyle;

• Staying safe: being protected from

harm and neglect;

• Enjoying and achieving: getting the

most out of life and developing the

skills for adulthood;

• Making a positive contribution:

being involved with the community

and society;

• Economic well-being: not being

prevented by economic disadvantage

from achieving their full potential in


All of us would support the aims of the

Government in seeking to better the

circumstances of all children. But as a

movement the Brigade has a special

priority of sharing the Gospel with the

young people in our care.

As we look back, we might feel that we

have not realised the things for which

we had strived. But we work in spheres

where not everything is tangible or can

be measured.

I received today in the post the

following. Maybe it will help us all to

focus on the things that truly matter.


A hundred years from now it

will not matter what my bank

account was, the sort of house

I lived in, or the kind of car I

drove….but the world may be

different because I was

important in the life of a child.

I wish you every blessing in the year that

lies ahead.

Steve Dickinson

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 1

Engage a


“The very next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and yelled out, “Here

he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man

I’ve been talking about, the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.

I knew nothing about who he was – only this: that my task has been to get

Israel ready to recognise him as the God-Revealer.”

John Chapter 1 v 29-32 The Message


I was very much struck in this

translation to the reference to

the “God-Revealer”. The purpose of

The Boys’ Brigade is to be just that –

God-Revealer to the young people who

are called into our care. Throughout

our one hundred and twenty two year

history this has been our reason for

being, but our methodology has been

constantly evolving as a vehicle to

deliver this core objective. An

organisation that seeks to be relevant

to the generation in which it works,

whilst remaining true to its purpose

will review its operations at regular

intervals. This can lead to tension and

the feeling that our methods are being

questioned. You will be aware that I

am a great supporter of the diversity

that is found within the Brigade. All of

us care deeply about young people

and we all share the passion to see

lives transformed by encountering the

living God.

Joel Edwards, General Director of The

Evangelical Alliance, uses these

words in his welcome to Idea, the

magazine of the Alliance. “We all

have the same vision of a society

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transformed by the power of God’s

word at work within us. That same

vision is experienced in many ways

and one is no less important than


Countless young people across the

generations have come to faith

because of their involvement in The

Boys’ Brigade. Not through the way

the Company was organised, but

through the relationship and

encounter with individual leaders.

Many of us who serve today owe a

great debt of gratitude in our own

lives to those leaders who in the past

were the God-Revealers to us; men

and women whose only desire was to

share their experience of God through

their work in the BB.

Our influence has waned in the recent

past and as you know the number of

churches with Boys’ Brigade

Companies has declined markedly

resulting in a loss of confidence. As a

movement we are looking at our

reputation with the church in the 21st

Century. All of us will have a differing

experience because of the communities

with which we work and the churches

of which we are a part. The Executive

has highlighted this as a key aim of the

Development Plan and sees the active

promotion of the Brigade to the

churches as one way of creating greater

opportunities for more children and

young people to find out about Jesus.

So what will we be promoting?

• We work in partnership with the

local church as part of its outreach.

• Our programme and activities

attract children and young people

into the church who might have no

other connection.

• We are a bridge into communities

that a church may have difficulty in


• We provide opportunities,

challenges & fun experiences for

children and young people within a

safe and structured environment.

• We provide training and have a

support network for our leaders.

• We value & trust our members.

• With the church we share a passion

for mission

“Many of us who

serve today owe

a great debt of

gratitude in our

own lives to

those leaders

who in the past

were the God-

Revealers to us”

Some of this work has already begun

through our involvement at the

Christian Resources Exhibitions and

through dialogue with different

denominations. We are looking carefully

at our materials and resources to see

how they can meet differing needs. We

are going to be far more active in telling

people about what we do and we are

listening and responding to what is

being said about us.

I believe that it is time to halt the

decline in our membership and we

need to set a clear target and strategy

for growth. In 2008 it will be the 125th

Anniversary of our founding. When

William Smith met on 4th October he

was responding to a specific need

within North Woodside Mission. We

need to recapture that same vision of

responding to situational need; we

have allowed a movement to become

an organisation. The churches will

respond to a creative body, which can

be tailored to their situation.

In planning for growth the Executive

has set a target of starting 125 new

companies by the 125th anniversary in

2008. We shall be undertaking this

initiative under the heading, “Engage a

Generation”, and promoting what we

do with and believe about young

people, remembering the BB has been

actively engaging with young people

since its inception.

“We need to recapture that same

vision of responding to situational

need; we have allowed a movement

to become an organisation.”

We shall be keeping you fully informed

through the Gazette and through

consultations. I am very excited about

the future for The Boys’ Brigade. Some

of the things we do in the future may

not be as they were in the past, but we

will step out in faith on the path that

God is calling us to follow.

Steve Dickinson

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 3

Brigade announcements Brigade announcements



The Executive met at Brigade

Headquarters, Felden Lodge on 19/20

November 2005. In addition to the

routine business the following matters

were also dealt with:

The Brigade President was welcomed to

his first Executive meeting. The

newly elected Under 26

representative, Michael Baron from

England, was also welcomed.

Staffing: The post of Warden at Felden

Lodge has been filled by Roland

Bolbolian who takes up employment

as from the beginning of December.

125th anniversary of The Boys’ Brigade:

Plans are progressing to mark this

event. A children’s charity will be

chosen to be supported by the


The Anchor logo has recently been

updated. This is not to replace the

present Anchor but can be used as

an alternative style to promote a

modern image of the Brigade

‘Friends of Felden’ has been formed.

The group’s sole remit is concerned

with the nurturing of the premises,

supporting practical projects and


Development Plan: Progress is being

made on specific aims: to achieve an

absolute focus on the needs of local

companies; to retain and grow our

teenage membership; to promote the

participation and empowerment of

young people by developing the

decision making infrastructure of the

BB; to improve our credibility with

young people, parents, the churches,

the youth sector and funders by

developing resources for local and

national PR; to achieve a managed

approach to mixed gender work and

to achieve financial stability within

the five year period of the plan. The

Executive endorsed the aim to start

125 new companies by the 125th

anniversary and to ensure that by

our programme and materials

produced, everything would be done

to encourage young people to

interact with the life of the church.

Programme Review: A progress report

was given on the work on the new

Company Section programme

material. Several recommendations

were approved by the Executive and

details are contained elsewhere in

this Gazette. These concern the

structure for the Company Section

programme, a new Challenge Award,

requirements for President’s and

Queen’s Badges and structure for a

new ‘Young Volunteer Award’.

Discussion took place concerning

changing the title of ‘Company

Section’ and the ambiguity of this

within the overall structure of the

Company. This and other related

matters are also detailed in this


Finance: It was good to report that

surpluses on General Fund, Supplies

and Training Centres have increased

from this time last year. The balance

sheet continues to strengthen but we

must not forget the shortfall on the

pension fund which has to be met.

Membership: Statistical returns are

being dealt with promptly on receipt

but there are still outstanding

returns and fees. Analysis of the first

returns under the new per capita

structure has taken place.

Supplies: BB Supplies will commence

the outsourcing operation from 9th

January 2006 from its new location

in Worthing. Everything is in place

to become fully operational by then

and full details are given elsewhere

in the Gazette. Companies will also

be circulated with details in a

separate posting.

Leadership positions: The Executive is

grateful to those Battalions who

responded to outline proposals

concerning leadership positions

within the Brigade. Further

consideration will be given by the

Executive at its March meeting.

Expedition & Outdoor Leadership

Scheme: The Executive agreed to

add a Basic Certificate to the scheme

– for those who have passed the

theory part of the assessment,

allowing them to instruct boys and

lead accompanied training

expeditions in moderate and familiar

terrain and in doing so gain


Constitutional Review: The

Constitutional Review Group is keen

to consult the wider membership

before preparing draft proposals and,

therefore, consultations are being

held throughout the British Isles

from now until April 2006.

Girls’ issue: Detailed work is continuing

in preparation for Council 2006. BB

members will be fully informed in

due course.

Brigade Council: Plans are going well

for Council 2006 in Cardiff. A

provisional invitation has been

received from the Republic of

Ireland District to hold Brigade

Council in 2009.

Sub-groups: Small groups under the

headings of Finance, Development

and Training were held which dealt

with various aspects of the Brigade’s

Development Plan.

Reports were received on the work of

the Regional Committees.


Games and Physical Activities 10-12

March 2006

There are two courses running

concurrently, a Brigade Leadership

Course and a Leader Training Course.

If you are registering young men for

Brigade Leadership: Games and Physical

Activities, the name of the course to be

shown on the registration form is

Brigade Leadership: Games and Physical

Activities (Course A). If registering for

Leader Training: Games and Physical

Activities, the name of the course to be

shown on the registration form is

Leader Training: Games and Physical

Activities (Course B). This course is open

only to leaders aged between 17 and 21

and participants need to be prepared to

take part in a high degree of strenuous

physical activity.

The numbers on each course are strictly

limited, so early application is advised.

Make sure that you enter the correct

name of the course on the registration

form so that registration of those

intending to attend is not delayed.



Due to the number of young leaders

completing training, and in the opinion

of their assessors, lacking the necessary

experience to take responsibility for

unaccompanied groups, it is intended

to introduce an additional level in the

existing scheme. The Basic Certificate

will enable the holder to instruct a

group of boys in expedition theory, and

lead accompanied training expeditions

in moderate and familiar terrain and, in

doing so gain experience.

The Expedition and Outdoor

Leadership Record Book should be used

to record experience and submitted to

headquarters and enable the certificate

to be upgraded to Standard.



This takes place in Northern Ireland at

Easter 2006 and provides an ideal

opportunity for young leaders to

participate in a unique experience. The

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Brigade announcements Brigade announcements

course comprises Christian youth

leaders from all over Europe who will

be joining together to look at the issues

of understanding, positive action and

reconciliation at the same time as

enjoying fellowship and gaining new

skills. The BB has a number of places

for participants.

Is this a chance that can be turned down?

If you are a young leader or a member

of your company, then the details are:

Dates: 8-16 April 2006

Place: Northern Ireland

Theme: Moving Forward –

Reconciliation and Opportunity

Age group: young leaders aged between

17 and 25.

For further information, please contact

David Martin, International Forum

Secretary at Headquarters or by email:


The young leader representatives on the

International Forum are: Edward

Smithson (Chair) 4th London

Company, Richard Kyle of 135th

Glasgow Company, Fraser Boyd of 25th

Stirling Company and Leigh Maydew of

6th West Bromwich Company.



The Midlands CRE will be held at

Soneleigh Park, Coventry, from 8th to

10th February 2006. The Brigade has a

stand at the event and would welcome

visits by Chaplains or Leaders. In

addition, the Brigade will have stands at

the National CRE to be held at

Sandown Park, Surrey, from 9th to 12th

May and the Northern CRE at the

Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate from

19th to 21st October 2006.


The following company has been


7th London Worldwide Mission

Fellowship, West Norwood

Captain: Mr C Griffith


The survey regarding our programme for

the 11+ age groups which was included

in the January 2005 Gazette contained a

question about the title of Company

Section, and the ambiguity of this within

the overall structure of the Company. A

Company might have the following

sections, Anchor Boys, Juniors,

Company Section and Seniors. A

number of leaders responded to the

questionnaire saying that they thought

that the title should be changed but did

not suggest an alternative.

Several suggestions were made including

Anchor Boys, Juniors, Seniors, Cadets;

Anchor Boys, Juniors, Seniors,

Brigadiers, and Anchor Boys, Juniors,

Seniors, Amicus, which would use the

title for some of our existing work.

Another alternative would be for work

with the 11+s to come under the one

heading of ‘Seniors.’

Comments on the titles suggested above

or other alternatives should be sent to

Brigade Headquarters for the attention of

the Brigade Secretary.



This event will take place on Saturday

3rd June 2006 in Stoke on Trent and is

being organised jointly again with The

Girls’ Brigade (England and Wales).

Entry forms and details for the event

are available from Headquarters. The

closing date for entries is 28th February





The details for both of these

competitions will be sent to all

Company Captains in the December

mailing. This will enable companies to

participate during January until March

2006 and compete against other teams.

In addition, full details will be posted

on the Competitions page of The Boys’

Brigade website.


Runners up in the Chess Competition

were incorrectly shown as 7th

Edinburgh Company. This should have

been 1st Newton Hill Company.


Following the outsourcing of BB

Supplies as announced in the October

2005 Gazette, BB Supplies will be

closed between 9th December 2005

and 8th January 2006. BB Supplies will

re-open on Monday 9th January 2006

from its new location. There are a

number of changes to contact

information and the ordering process,

please see article on page 29 in this

Gazette for more details.

*star letter



DEBATES only a few years

ago about the wearing of

hats as part of our uniform, we

were told that saluting should

continue regardless of some

companies choosing the current

option to be hatless. This does

not seem to be a problem within

our own company, but my

Battalion joins with schools,

open youth clubs, Scouts, etc for

the presentation of Duke of

Edinburgh’s Awards.

At a particular recent

Presentation I dutifully

instructed all our recipients to

salute when receiving their

Awards and immediately met

with displeasure, not for the first

time. In the event, the leading

BB recipient deliberately forgot,

the second saluted causing the

presenter to flinch (despite

being a public figure) as he did

not expect it, and subsequent

recipients had to endure slight

tittering from the audience.

Afterwards, the Chairman of the

event (an ex BB boy may I add)

told me he found our saluting

embarrassing in the modern

world, the Scout Leader told me

they abandoned it years ago,

and the boys felt they had been

forced to do something that

made them feel silly. Do I give in

yet again to popular pressure

and tell future recipients not to

salute or do I toe the official line

and continue to cause our young

men to be embarrassed?

Somehow, when we all wore

hats as part of uniform there

was little problem but saluting

without a hat does not even

feel right.

Keith W Vinerd


Nottingham Battalion

Duke of Edinburgh’s

Award Committee

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 5

Chaplain’s corner Chaplain’s corner


celebrated its centenary, the

committee responsible for the

celebrations was headed by Sir Arthur

Compton, a Nobel prize-winning

physicist. It was assumed that because

of this, many leading scientists would

be invited to share in the celebrations.

But the committee decided otherwise.

Concerned about our predominantly

valueless culture, and the countless

me-centred therapies on offer, the

committee issued the following

statement. “The university is inviting

speakers who will consider such

questions as, ‘What things are most

worth believing and hoping… what

values deserve our supreme

allegiance?’” For more than a hundred

years, the Brigade at its finest has kept

reminding young people, of those

goals and values which give life

meaning, dignity and purpose, of the

essence of what the Brigade called

‘true Christian manliness’.

For me one of the glories of the

Brigade Movement is that it is a

continuing guardian of the story of

Jesus of Nazareth. It keeps seeking to

communicate that story to succeeding

generations of young people. What a

story it is. There is a breath-taking

rightness about the life and teaching of

Jesus. From the outer periphery to the

inner core of the Galilean carpenter,

creed and deed were one. Jesus’ inner

joy was such that it could absorb all

sorrow, his faith was such that it could

surmount despair. For him caring love

was the greatest thing in life.

Today we are all dressed up with

education and skill. Technologically we

can do the most marvellous things. But

too many young people, and older

people, have no answer to the question,

“What is life for?” Stephen Fry, writing

of the night he walked off a London

stage and to the consternation of the

cast and management, disappeared in

the middle of a long run of a play, said

later, “I just suddenly felt I don’t know

what I am doing here. I felt as if I had

been on a highway in the fast lane and

suddenly realised that though I was in a

very nice car and going incredibly fast, I

had absolutely no idea where I was

going.” Stephen Fry not only survived

the crisis, he learned from it. He said,

“I knew what I wanted to do. I just did

not know what I wanted to be, which is

more important.” Many if they were

honest would make the same

admission. They have packed a lot of

luggage for the journey. They have the

accelerator nailed to the floor, but are

not quite sure where they are going.

They go faster and faster without asking

why. We need to slow down, to reduce

the relentless pace, to stop and ponder

on what is of real worth. In an age like

ours – some have called it an age of

contempt – an age in which so many of

our social groupings drag us down, we

need a social grouping that levels us

up, where once a week at least we meet

on the basis of noble faiths and fine

aspirations. The Boys’ Brigade is such a

grouping. How important it is that we

communicate to young people the great

truth that life is not about finding the

Holy Grail of fame and fortune, but

about becoming the kind of caring

human being God wants us to be.

One of the fondest memories of my

ministry in Dornoch-in what I now call

the pre-Madonna era in Dornoch's

history, the years before Madonna the

Queen of Pop decided to get married

there – concerns a young man in his

early twenties who one Sunday slipped

in at the back of the Cathedral, just

before the service started. He had lost

his job. His wife had left him. He was

at that lonesomest spot on earth,

“Wits End”. He had contemplated

suicide. After the service he waited and

spoke to me, wanting to start some

kind of new life. “This morning”, he

said “You gave me back a feeling of

real worth.” I am glad that day he did

not run into a protagonist for atheism.

If instead of being confronted with the

Christian understanding of the

meaning and purpose of life, and the

Gospel of the second chance, he had

been told there was no ultimate

purpose in the universe, that he came

from nothing, signified little and was

going nowhere, would he have found

in that the necessary stimulus to start

again? I doubt it.

There are many ways of expressing

what is wrong with Britain today, but

probably as profound as any is that

many people, having lost their

awareness of their importance in the

sight of God, are now motivated by

nothing greater than self-interest and

self-advancement – and that is not


What a debt we owe to those BB

officers and others who use their

talents for the common good rather

than personal gain, who strive to be

valuable rather than successful, who

are primarily concerned to make a

difference, not a big name for


James A. Simpson

Book Review

A Funny Way of Being


Dr J A Simpson

Pub. Steve Savage

ISBN 1 904246 17 6 £5.99

Dr Simpson, who was Chaplain

to the last Brigade Council

meeting in Scotland, and is one

of the two authors of Chaplain’s

Corners, has recently published

a book with the intriguing title.

“A Funny Way of Being Serious”.

He has long believed that one

achieves more by the light

artillery of humour than the

heavy artillery of harsh

criticism. The back-cover of the

book bears a quotation from

the former Archbishop of

Canterbury, George Carey, “I am

a great fan of Dr Simpson’s

writings”. Dr Simpson is a

chaplain to the Queen in

Scotland and a past Moderator

of the General Assembly of the

Church of Scotland.

Dr Simpson says in the

introduction, “My aim is to

provide readers not just with

stories that will hopefully bring a

smile to their faces, but also with

stories which will cause them to

stop and reflect on some of the

more serious aspects of life.

Believing that the human mind

resembles a picture gallery more

than a debating chamber, I have

over the years sought to develop

and embellish the art of

illustration and story-telling”. BB

officers would find much that is

helpful and very usable in this

book. All the royalties from this

book as from his many previous

books go to Cystic Fibrosis

Research, a debilitating disease

from which his oldest granddaughter


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Here and there Here and there

Wales Air


The Newport & Gwent Battalion

presented a cheque for £653.00 to the

Wales Air Ambulance at its base at

Swansea Airport. This was raised by

boys and officers from 1st Blackwood,

1st Cwmbran and 1st Newport

companies, undertaking a sponsored

walk, while 2nd Blackwood Company

held a coffee evening and a Bring &

Buy sale.

Wolverhampton fundraisers

Members and friends of 10th

Wolverhampton Company took part in a

cycle and half marathon fundraising

event. 31 members cycled and Elaine

Jones ran 13.2 miles, which raised £1,400

for two good causes. The picture shows

(on the left) Oliver Woodberry (7)

presenting cheque for £700 for research

into ‘Fabry Disease’ and (on the right)

Chris Jones (13) presenting cheque for

£700 for the ‘Children’s Chronic Arthritis


The crew of Helimed 57 told the boys

all about the helicopter and they were

able to sit inside and learn about the

various controls.

It costs £1 million a year to operate

two helicopters, the other based at

Caernarvon, and public donations are

mainly relied upon for income. The

Wales Air Ambulance is now the

adopted charity of the Newport &

Gwent Battalion.

Cheque presentation to Wales Air


Secret day out!

None of the boys of 1st Witham

Company knew what they were in for

until they arrived at the Harbour in

Southwold. To their delight they spent

over two hours on the water in the

Coastal Voyager powerboat, 9 metres

long with twin 200 hp engines. More fun

afterwards with football on the beach.

5th Swansea at community carnival

A Camp to remember

Members of the 4th Plymouth

Company enjoyed an archeological

dig, which took place during their

camp last year. They were given a

private tour and a talk. They were also

treated to a Bar-B-Q by the local

villagers and church at which they

managed to consume over 60 burgers

and 150 sausages! Despite the

indifferent weather, a fantastic time

was had by all.

Members of 5th Swansea Company took part in the local community carnival. They had a

great time attending workshops to make their costumes.

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Here and there Here and there

50th Anniversary

Edinburgh, Leith & District Battalion

Annual Church Service was held at

Colinton Mains Parish Church to

celebrate the 50th anniversary of the

53rd Edinburgh Company.

The collection raised £363 for the

Braidburn School in Edinburgh.

Members of the company presented

the cheque at the school assembly to

the head mistress.

The money will be used to purchase

talking clocks, talking jugs and talking

scales for pupils who are visually


Voluntary Service


The Nationwide Building Society in

association with the National Council

for Voluntary Action sponsor an

Annual Award Scheme for Voluntary


In recognition of its special

contribution to its local community

the 7th Belfast Company attached to

Great Victoria Street Presbyterian

Church was nominated for a Youth

Group Award by Belfast Battalion.

While the company did not win the

overall award, it is now the proud

holder of a fine trophy, which was

awarded with a cheque for £500 for a

charity of its choice.

This has since been forwarded to the

Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for


Field of Hope

As part of badge work the Junior Section

boys of 1st Stevenston Company planted

1500 bulbs in a nearby ‘Field of Hope’.

The company has been fundraising for

the Marie Curie Cancer Care and to date

has raised £450.00. The community has

been very supportive and the Council

provided the area, the bulbs and

workers to help the boys with the task.

A small ceremony and blessing was held

and local councillors, Provost,

representatives from Marie Curie and

First time fixture

North Ayrshire Battalion officials

attended. The boys worked hard to

make the venture a significant part of

their badge work.

(l to r) William Elliott, Captain, Mr

Dancore, N I Nationwide Managing

Director, William Andrews, Mrs Mable

Lewis and Andrew Harper

North West Kent Battalion played East

Kent Battalion in a football competition

at N W Kent Battalion camp site at

Honeyhill, Bearsted. It turned out to be

a 6-a-side with the numbers available.

East Kent were victorious (score 8-2),

but the team had reached the semi

Members of both teams.

finals in the National Competition! A

trophy was presented to the winners by

NW Kent Battalion President, Arthur

Vigar and afterwards everyone enjoyed

a meal.

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Here and there Here and there

New Headquarters

Members of the 2nd Guernsey

Company were very proud to open

their new Headquarters at St Mary’s

Church Hall, L’Islet. The company is

one of the strongest in the British Isles.

Mr John Young, Brigade Vice-President

unveiled a plaque to mark the opening

and said the hall was a great credit not

only to those who had made it possible

but to everybody who had contributed

towards it. It is a real asset for the

community and something to be

proud; it is one of the finest youth

facilities on the island. Funds raised

have allowed the start of phase one of

the project and there is still a long way

to go before the target is reached and

the project is complete.

Royal Visitor

to Ganaway

Belfast Battalion was very pleased to

welcome Prince Edward, The Earl of

Wessex to the Belfast Battalion’s

Activity Centre at Ganaway. The Centre

welcomed around 5,000 visitors last

year and is one of the Province’s

leading cross-community attractions.

The Earl of Wessex planted an oak tree

to mark the occasion despite the

dismal weather. During his visit His

Royal Highness met over 100 young

people and learned about the many

facilities on offer on the 13 acre site.

2nd Guernsey members with leaders and guests at the opening of their new headquarters.

50 years of camping

The 205th Glasgow Company thinks it

has a record! The company has

camped continuously for 50 years on

the same site at Arran. This just goes

to show that with the right

environment, resources and activities,

BB camping can be as popular and

relevant as ever.

In June a spacious arena was opened,

providing indoor five-a-side football,

badminton, tennis, basketball, archery

and an indoor climbing wall. In

addition, the centre provides sleeping

accommodation for 90 leaders and

young people in two log cabins, a

country cottage and a Millennium

Centre, with games rooms and sports

halls. The BB operates an open usage

policy of its facilities and its record in,

and approach to, cross-community

relations work has gained Ganaway a

reputation as a ‘Centre of Tolerance’.

After meeting various distinguished

guests His Royal Highness was

presented with a gift of a BB desk set

by Jonathan McCormick, a member of

the 41st Belfast Company. The young

people he met were very pleased to talk

to him as he showed interest in all he

was shown and in all he met. All

agreed that 21st October 2005 was one

of the most memorable days in the

Belfast Battalion Calendar.

New lease of life

The 1 st Wick Company has recently

restarted after a year of closure due to

a lack of staff and the Captain being

involved in a very serious road

accident, which resulted in six months

in hospital. They started again with the

Anchors and 30 boys turned up. The

Captain, Marc MacDonald returned

despite having difficulties with walking

and through great efforts by officers

and helpers the company is back on its

feet. So much so, fundraising has

begun to give the church hall a face-lift.

Prince Edward meets the boys

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IN JULY 2004 1 st Bearsden Company

hosted a group of 11 young people

and their chaperones from The Boys’

and Girls’ Brigade Neenah-Menasha in

Wisconsin USA on part of their visit to

the UK that summer. The groups

camped together in Fife and the

Americans spent some time with host

families in Bearsden. Everyone got on so

well that an invitation to make a trip to

Wisconsin was issued and accepted and,

after a winter of fund-raising to subsidise

the trip, the Bearsden contingent visited

Chicago and Wisconsin in July 2005.

Here Lance-Corporals David and

Kenneth Gibson describe the trip…..

On Tuesday 5th July 2005, American

Airlines flight AA053 departed Glasgow

for Chicago. On board was a group of

thirty-one Scots from 1st Bearsden

Up to


Company, near Glasgow – eighteen

boys, six staff, three wives and four

accompanying daughters.

Immediately, we were stunned by the

immense skyline of Chicago. We stayed

three nights in a hostel in central

Chicago, and spent time taking in the

sights of the “Windy City”. On our first

day proper, we walked downtown and

took a boat trip on Lake Michigan and

along the main waterfront of Chicago,

before making our way to the modestly

famous Navy Pier, where we were

treated to food, games and fun. That

evening we went to a baseball game

between the Chicago White Sox and

Tampa Bay Devil Rays, at US Cellular

Field. By the end of the game, our

singing attracted several onlookers who

felt inclined to join in!

“We wore our kilts, and taught the Americans

various Scottish dances and entertained with

Bagpipes and fiddle music. It was a great evening,

joining together in fun.”

The next morning we made our way to

the great Sears Tower. The views were

simply astounding, the city was

impressive beyond measure and many

more amazing places could be seen,

such as the John Hancock Centre,

Millennium Park, Wrigley Field and

Soldier Field. Afterward, we visited

Cook County Hospital (inspiration for

the television series “ER”) and the

United Centre (home of the Chicago

Bulls basketball team) before making

our way to the “Magnificent Mile” for a

spot of souvenir shopping.

We wore our kilts as we made our way

back to Chicago Airport to catch our

flights to Wisconsin, so that we would

be properly dressed to meet our

American friends in Neenah. Some of

us, caught unawares by the calls

announcing our imminent departure,

were forced to make a sprint for the

departure gate, which was quite a sight

to the on looking Americans!

It was wonderful to meet our American

friends after a year, and emotions were

running high when we eventually

arrived at Brigade Headquarters in

Neenah, where we were met and

welcomed by the host families with

whom we would be staying for our first

night in Neenah.

Neenah was very different from the

busy streets of Chicago. It was nice to

experience a little tranquillity before the

busy day and week immediately ahead

of us! Members of our group stayed the

night with their designated families,

where we lived and joined in with the

“normal” American way of life. We

would get the chance to do this again

after our week on Camp Onaway!

Then finally it was time to travel up to

Camp Onaway about which we had

already heard so much. A forty-five

minute bus journey took us to the

Chain o’Lakes, where we were taken by

boat to Onaway Island. We spent our

day orientating our way around the

island and its many activities, and,

along the way, we made new friends

and caught up with old ones.

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We were separated into tribes

Menominee: Blackfeet, Oneida and

Winnebago. We did everything with our

tribes including eating and sleeping.

Every evening ended with the lowering

and folding of the Stars and Stripes and

the Saltire of Scotland whilst “taps” was

played. We then had supper and

concluded with the evening thought for

the day in the Chapel.

Each day began with Morning Call at

7:15am. We had fifteen minutes to

wash and dress before the raising of the

flags. A hearty breakfast was followed

by “Details”, which involved the entire

camp in cleaning up the island. Cabin

Inspection followed where everything

from cobwebs to leaves in the cabins

were valid reasons to deduct points

from the cabin team.

However, after the work came the fun.

We were split into our tribes and taught

how to canoe and various other

activities. We were allowed some

swimming time by Deep Side and the

whole camp participated in various

water games.

“we were on our way home after the most amazing

trip and experiences – in the words of the camp

song – “We’ll be back some day – up to Onaway”.”

taking part that counts).

Friday was High Council. All the tribes

had to perform a funny sketch, a tribal

chant and sing a tribal song in front of

the rest of the camp. Our last night was

very entertaining and everyone had a

good time.

The next morning it was time to pack,

but before leaving Onaway there was an

Award Ceremony at the Chapel.

Everyone was recognised for their own

personal achievements at camp. Some

awards were for a bit of a laugh like the

“lobster” award to the person who was

most sun burnt. Everyone was given

patches for participation at camp. The

patches were for water-skiing, high

ropes course, climbing wall, attendance

and the outstanding camper award,

which went to almost everyone from

Scotland. The ceremony ended with a

picture slideshow of camp, which

reminded us of some very happy


We left Camp Onaway and headed back

to Neenah where our host families met

us, with whom we spent time over the

next few days. On Sunday night we had

a leaving party and another ceilidh. But

all good things come to an end and it

was time to leave and go home.

Everyone was quite emotional about

leaving but eventually the bus began to

move and we watched as our new

friends disappeared around the corner -

we were on our way home after the

most amazing trip and experiences – in

the words of the camp song – “We’ll be

back some day – up to Onaway”.

After Chapel on the Sunday night, there

was a camp Ceilidh. We wore our kilts,

and taught the Americans various

Scottish dances and entertained with

Bagpipes and fiddle music. It was a

great evening, joining together in fun.

The following day we had dinner on

the “Chief Waupaca” as it cruised the

Chain ’O Lakes, as well as singing and

dancing. Back on Onaway we had

watermelon night when everyone had

to eat as much watermelon as they

possibly could.

Tuesday was our day off the island. We

went to Noah’s Ark Water Park, which

is “America’s biggest water park” in

Wisconsin Dells. We broke into small

groups and went on all the different

rides. The two best rides were “Black

Anaconda” which goes so fast you go up

4 times, and “The Point of No Return”

which is a thirty foot vertical drop. The

ride is over in five seconds but it was

well worth it!

Thursday was a competitive crosscountry

relay race between the tribes.

The various legs of the 4-mile course

require wading, canoeing, rowing,

running and swimming. The Blackfeet

tribe won, Menominee came second,

Oneida came third and in a

disappointing last place were

Winnebago (but remember it’s the

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progressing and a report and a

series of recommendations were

made to The Brigade Executive at the

November meeting. The Executive agreed

the following regarding the Company

Section Programme and Advanced Awards:

Programme Review

Company and Senior Sections

Age groups and school years for Company Section and Seniors will be as follows:

Company Section, years one to three Seniors, years four to seven

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7

Scotland Primary 7 Secondary 1 Secondary 2 Secondary 3 Secondary 4 Secondary 5 Secondary 6

N. Ireland Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13 Year 14

England/Wales Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13

ROI Primary 7 Secondary 1 Secondary 2 Secondary 3 Secondary 4 Secondary 5 Secondary 6

Company Section Programme Pack

The programme pack will be in a

similar style to that produced for

Anchors and Juniors with

information for leaders working

with these age groups, cross

referenced to the Officers’

Handbook, Brigade regulations and

the Safety Handbook. Suggestions

and ideas will be included as to the

format of the section programme,

the importance of proper planning,

the participation of young people,

accessibility, leader development,

administration, uniform etc.

Material will be provided for a

range of activities and ideas under

the following four headings:

Recreation: outdoor and adventure,

sports and games, health and life

style; Skills: skills and interests,

creativity, trips and visits:

Community: local community and

national, international, nature and

the environment; Spiritual: spiritual

The packs will also include material

for devotions, a selection of games,

theme night ideas, material for

company displays/parents

evenings, information on age

appropriate web based resources

etc. Each programme topic will

have an outline syllabus for at least

three sessions of 20 - 30 minutes

showing some progression, each

with resources, delivery tips and

ideas. An ‘induction’ programme

will be provided for boys moving up

from Juniors and those who join

the Company Section at a later

stage. It is hoped that these

extensive resources will help

companies provide a balanced and

progressive programme.

New Challenge Award

A new award is to be introduced

for boys to work towards over

their time in the Company

Section and gain it in their third

year. The requirements are to be

as follows:

• To take part in a residential


• To take an active role in a

Company event, battalion

event or Church service

• To complete at least 30 topics

from the new Company

Section Programme including

at least two spiritual topics in

the third year

• To meet two personal

challenges; ‘one for me’ and

‘one for others’

• To have good attendance for

at least one session

Company Section Award scheme:

RECREATION outdoor and sports and health and

10 topics required adventure games life style

made up from: 1 + 1 + 1 + and 7 free choice

SKILLS skills and creativity trips and

7 topics required interests visits

made up from: 1 + 1 + 1 + and 4 free choice

COMMUNITY local community international nature and the

6 topics required and national environment

made up from: 1 + 1 + 1 + and 3 free choice

SPIRITUAL spiritual

2 topics required

made up from: 2

The new Company Section award

scheme will require a number of

topics to be covered from each of

the four main programme

headings. Companies would be

given a free choice as to topics.

25 topics would be required for

each year: with a minimum number

from each heading. The ‘free

choice’ topics would enable a

Company to concentrate on a mix

of those activities which the boys

prefer, the knowledge and skills of

the leaders, the location and

resources available to the Company,

and the support available from the

local Battalion.

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The President’s Badge

The requirements of the revised

President’s Badge are to be as


The age for a young man to start

work on the President’s Badge

would be Year 4:

• To take part in a residential

experience run by the BB that

is activity based

• To take part in a faith

development course or

Christian teaching

programme in the Company

over a period of at least six


• To attend a non-residential

young leader training course

run by the battalion, district

(England), or region based

around teamwork skills

• To complete 10 hours

practical service in the

Company taking on a degree

of responsibility appropriate

to his age and abilities

• To attend regularly during the

session and take part in the

section activities

Resources will be produced for

company leaders and battalions

as to the requirements of this

award and ideas for programme

topics, suggestions for practical

service etc.

Leadership Training requirements:

The Queen’s Badge

Following the series of consultations

around the regions including young

men, leaders, Queen’s Badge

Convenors and Advisers, the

structure for the revised Queen’s

Badge is as follows:

Entry requirements:

Candidates would need:

1: to hold The President’s Badge OR

2: to hold the Bronze DofE Award,


• to have attended a skills

based young leader training

course based around

teamwork skills, and

• take part in a faith

development course or

Christian teaching

programme over a period of

at least six weeks, and

• t0 have been a member of

the Company for at least one


Age limits and duration:

The work required for The Queen’s

Badge will be over a period of a

minimum 18 months from start to

finish. A young person may start

working for The Queen’s Badge in

Year 5



• Training delivered by the battalion, district (England), or region over a

period of one day or the equivalent time over two/three evenings, or on

a residential. To be skills based reflecting the work undertaken in the

‘Company Service’ section, OR

• Attendance at an appropriate non-Brigade skills based course which

links into the service in the Company i.e. first aid, sports coaching,

gymnastics etc. OR

• Training undertaken by the placement agency given in the ‘Service to

Others’ section e.g. induction training as to what is required, emergency

procedures etc.

Completion Course

Attendance at a residential completion course, this should be at least 6

months after the training element has been completed. The content would

not be training based, but providing opportunities to share experiences,

meet with others from different backgrounds, raise awareness of what else

the BB can provide, celebrate their achievements etc.

Company Service:

Clearer guidelines are to be given as

to the requirements for Company

Service, with the requirement to

undertake 30 hours practical work

over the 18 months; ideally this

would be 15 hours in one session

and 15 hours in the second session.

Service to others:

To remain at 30 hours, with the

recommendation that this be

carried out in two blocks of 15

hours, one in the community and

one in the church, although it

would be permissible to complete

this all in one placement if this was

more convenient. Clearer guidelines

to be given about finding

appropriate placements.


Candidates to undertake two of the


• Learn a new or develop an

existing skill

• Take part in a new physical

activity, or develop an existing

activity, and/or

• An expedition/exploration

Attainments and topics to be linked

to the Silver DofE scheme.

Record of


To be in a user friendly format,

with resources available on the

BB web site. Recording of

achievements in a way to

encourage reflection and

learning, with a process of

formative assessment signed off

by Company supervisor, QB

adviser. In addition, information

and support to be provided

about the scheme for Company

staff, and QB Advisers and


Members of the working group would

be pleased to receive comments on the

above; these should be addressed to

Work is also underway on a Senior

Section programme and for a Young

Volunteer Scheme. Further details will

appear in the Gazette as the work for

Company Section and Senior Section

programmes are developed.

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A number of games, which can be used with a play

parachute, are listed below. This is, by no means,

an exhaustive list and almost any ‘circle’ game can

be adapted. However, these work well…

Para-swap – Number the children

around the circle, say one to six. Lift

the chute and on the third go shout a

number, these children then have to

swap places under the canopy before it

falls to earth. They need to be told to

head for gaps, keep their eyes open

and try to avoid bumping into one

another. Make sure that those who

remain around the edge allow the

canopy to fall rather than pulling it

down hard.

Para-ball – Place a light-weight

football on the chute surface and

experiment with moving it. What

happens when you shake the

parachute, can you flip the ball off over

people’s heads? Can you develop a

wave technique that will cause the ball

to move in a circle? Using a small ball

(tennis ball) can you drop the ball

through the hole in the middle – can

you stop the ball disappearing? These

demand fairly sophisticated coordination

skills, but in short spells

can be fun.

Para-sight – After lofting the chute

several times everyone steps inside,

bringing the fabric taut behind their

body, either to shoulder height or to

ground level with each person sitting

on the edge of the chute, thus creating

a sort of tent with everybody under the

canopy. Once practised this is a useful

technique for getting everybody’s

attention, storytelling, instruction

giving etc.

Para-circle – Simply an adaptation of

any circle game, fishes in the sea, 1

sent a letter etc. using the chute to

maintain the circle form. These sort of

games consist of one or more people

racing around the circle and back to

their space, or any free space.

Para-ble – Using the parachute as an

aid to story- telling. You have the

attention of all because they are

holding, the Chute, commence the

story using the parachute as an aid.

‘One day Jesus and his friends went

out in a boat on the sea of Galilee, little

waves lapped at the shore (up minute

ripples in the taut chute). They all

climbed into the boat and set out into

deeper water, the sea was like glass,

not a wave anywhere (chute held

taut and motionless). The

disciples, used to boats,

soon settled down,

but then a gentle

wind began

to blow

ruffling the smooth water (chute gently

moves). Slowly the waves got a bit

bigger, just a little tiny boat around on

a rough sea (suit actions to story).

Jesus struggled to his feet, the boat

was pitching up and down. He looked

at the boisterous waves and told them

to be still, he commanded the wind to

stop, and suddenly all was calm (chute

held taut). The disciples were amazed,

they had been frightened of the storm,

but now they felt frightened of Jesus as

they realised just how powerful their

friend was.’

You will find that the children soon get

the idea of following the story and they

will almost automatically stop the

storm actions at the appropriate time.

You can add details, like hauling on

ropes or rowing with appropriate

actions. You can illustrate Peter’s faith

by a person walking on the chute


Cat and Mouse – Stand holding the

canopy at shoulder height making sure

there is a space between each child

around the perimeter. Place an empty

can – the cheese – in the centre of the

circle under the canopy. Choose one

child to be the cat and one to be the

mouse. The cat starts off under the

canopy guarding the cheese - the

mouse starts off outside the canopy

and has to get to the cheese running

in between the children holding the

canopy. If you have already numbered

the children 1 to 6 around the canopy

then choose a cat of one number and

a mouse of another. The mouse has

20 seconds to get the cheese, the cat

has 20 seconds to catch the mouse.

Once the game starts, count to 20

(everyone else counts) score one point

to the cat if the mouse is caught or

one point to the mouse if the cheese

is eaten. Score no points if 20 is

reached before either the cheese is

eaten or the mouse is caught

Football – This works best if the

canopy is marked in segments or

halves; i.e. 2,4 or 6 teams. Stand

around the canopy holding the canopy

in both hands at waist level. It can be

rippled up and down whilst holding it.

Roll a football under the canopy. The

canopy must be held tight at all times

and the ball kicked under the canopy, a

goal being scored when it comes out

on any side.

Parachutes can be purchased from

Early Learning Centre as well as

most educational/crafts


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Winter Olympics

The 20th Winter Olympics is being held in Turin in Italy from the 10th to the 26th of

February . Here in the UK the Winter Olympics hold much less significance than the

Summer Olympics. There is a possibility that many of the boys won’t even know that it’s

taking place this year and the idea of these activities is to raise awareness of the Winter

Olympics. The Winter Games are part of an Olympic tradition that goes back 3,000 years.

But they were slow in getting off the ground (apart from the ski jump) with the first

official Winter Olympics not taking place until 1924.



Ice Hockey

Equipment: Uni-Hoc Sticks, Puck (or similar)

Instructions: Play your own version of Ice Hockey using an indoor hockey set (Uni-Hoc). Divide

the boys up into teams. Set up goals at either end of the playing area; each goal should be

around a metre wide. Give each boy an indoor hockey stick, allow the team to choose one

goal keeper, who will be the only player on either team able to use his feet on the puck. You

can either play timed matches or if you prefer, the first team to score two goals.

Safety! Remember to introduce rules to ensure the safety of all players (and leaders);

these should include: Sticks to be held with two hands at all times, and sticks should not

be raised above knee height.


Equipment: Curling Set or Carpet Bowls

Instructions: In the 2002 Winter Games Britain won the ‘Gold’ in Curling, why not try this

activity with your boys by borrowing an indoor curling set from a another

organisation/school/leisure centre. Alternatively you could play carpet bowls which

would be similar to the turning of a curling stone.

Ice Skating

You could take the boys to a local ice-rink, this may be something you could do on

another night. Be aware that you may have a number who have not skated before, but it

may be possible to receive instruction from a member of ice-rink staff (ring to check).

Winter Olympic relay

Boys should be set into three or four equal teams, and then sat in columns facing the

open end of the hall. Each team will be given a different sport as their team name e.g.

the skiers or the skaters or the ice hockey team for instance. When the game starts the

first person in the line will make his way down to the bottom end of the hall where he will

find three pieces of winter clothing. When he gets there he must put on the clothing and

then for 5 seconds must act out the actions of his team name. He then takes the clothes

off, puts them down and runs back to the team, and then the next person in the team

repeats the process. The winner is the team whose members have all taken part and are

sitting down.


Together the Winter and Summer Olympics form the biggest challenge for thousands of

athletes every four years. The time that is spent at the event is very small in comparison

to the preparation required. What things can the boys think of where a lot of preparation

is required? Only one person receives the ultimate prize in each event. What feelings will

they have? What about the others who fail to win a prize? Jesus offers the prize for all: 1

Corinthians 9 v 24 – 27 or Philippians 3 v 13 – 14 However successful we are in sports,

we can all be part of God’s family.

White Chocolate Crispy Cakes

Equipment: Ingredients (to make 25): 200g white chocolate, 300g rice crispies, paper

cases, Wooden spoon, Saucepan, Glass bowl (to fit in your saucepan!)


Melt the chocolate (takes 3 to 4 minutes). Put rice crispies in a bowl and cover with the

melted chocolate. Mix thoroughly, until the crispies are covered. Put the mixture into paper

cases. For extra effect you could top each cake with desiccated coconut.

Quiz answers

Multiple choice:

1: B (1924)

2: C (4 years)

3: A (Salt Lake City)

4: A (Norway)

Match Q&A:

1: (e)

2: (a)

3: (c)

4: (f)

5: (d)

6: (b)


Winter Olympics


Ask the boys the following questions, giving the multiple choice answers:

1 In what year was the first official winter Olympics?

A) 1994 B) 1924 C) 1356

2 How often is the winter Olympics held?

A) 10 years B) 2 Years C) 4 years

3 Where did the last winter Olympics take place?

A) Salt Lake City B) Nagano C) Albertville

4 Which country has won the most Olympic medals since the Games began?

A) Norway B) Switzerland C) Jamaica

Match the Question & Answer

Match the question with the answer by drawing a line to link them up:

1 How many days will the event last? 84 (a)

2 How many members of the media will be present? 17 (b)

3 How many athletes will compete? 2500 (c)

4 How many nations will be represented? 650 (d)

5 How many medals will be presented? 85 (e)

6 How many judges and referees are needed? 10000 (f)

Olympic Word Search

Words to find: bobsleigh, bronze, country, cross, gold, hockey, ice, luge, olympics, silver, skate, ski, snow, turin




















Story game

Instructions: Make Story game cards by writing the words (as underlined in the

‘Space Exploration’ story) on to card. Cards are placed face down on floor 5 – 10

metres ahead of seated team. A leader should read the Story, pausing on underlined

words for the first boy in each team to run to the cards and hold up the appropriate

card with the word on it. The first boy to hold up the card will be awarded a point. Boy

returns to the back of the team and continue through the team.

‘Space Exploration’ Story

Pete had always wanted to be an astronaut; he dreamed of flying into space in his

rocket. He wanted to visit the moon and build a space station there. He thought about

visiting other planets and wondered if any aliens live there. At night he would look up

at the Moon through his telescope. He could see the stars sparkling in the darkness.

When he was older, he would build a rocket, train to be an astronaut and do all of the

things he had dreamed of.

It is obviously possible to create your own ending to the story in order to make the

game last longer; or re-write the story using your own keywords.

Make a Rocket

Equipment: Variety of different sized boxes, Kitchen roll, Paper plates, Paint, Colouring

pens/pencils, glue, safety scissors, sticky tape, paperclips, and a variety of other


Instructions: Allow the boys to design and make their own rocket or space craft, this

can be done as individuals, in pairs or even in groups. Have enough materials to allow

all the boys to participate. There is no template and the boys are to be encouraged to

be as creative as possible; with the finished object being as big or as small as desired.

Space Biscuits (Almond Cookies)


115g/4oz softened butter

200g/7oz plain flour

50g/20z caster sugar

30ml/2tbsp corn flour

1 lightly beaten egg Star shape cookie cutter

15ml/1tbsp ground almonds


It is advised that a leader prepares the dough for the boys to then follow on from

stage 5. Preheat oven to 180c/350F/Gas 4. Lightly grease baking trays or line with

baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Gradually, add the

egg, beating well after each addition, then beat in the almonds. Sift over the flour and

corn flour and mix to a soft dough.

Lightly knead the dough on a floured surface for a few seconds, until smooth. Do not

overwork the dough or the butter will start to melt and gluten will ‘develop’, giving

the biscuits a tough texture. Shape the dough into a ball then flatten slightly in a

round. Wrap in clear film (plastic wrap) to prevent the dough from drying out and chill

for about 30 minutes or until firm but make sure it is not too stiff to roll. On a floured

surface roll out the dough lightly and evenly in one direction only to a thickness of

about 3mm/1/8 in. Cut in star shapes. Bake for 10 minutes until the cookies are pale

golden brown. Leave on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, to allow to firm up, before

putting onto wire rack. Boys could then decorate with icing and sweets.

Devotion ideas

Show a photograph/picture of an astronaut; ask the boys what special clothing

he/she is wearing? Do the boys know why? Can they think of other activities that

have special clothing or a uniform? In the Anchor Boys we wear a special uniform,

which shows that we belong to The Boys’ Brigade. On our emblem we have a cross

that shows that we belong to Jesus.


Space Word Search

Words to find: planet, earth, moon, sun, stars, mars, rocket











Highlight the words in

the word search and

colour in the astronaut.


1st Southport Company Spotlight

numerous occasions under the

watchful eye of Joe Boyer, who became

synonymous with his Bells’ team and

the Blackpool Display.


Brothers were experimenting

with flight in their new flying

machines, The Boys’ Brigade in

Southport was also about to take off.

It all began rather tragically when a

boy from St Philips Sunday School

unexpectedly died. The boy’s Sunday

School teacher borrowed some BB

uniforms from a Liverpool Company,

so that some of his pupils could

attend the funeral. In those days

formal dress was worn by all and BB

uniform was thought fitting for the

occasion. The boys attending the

funeral took great pride in wearing the

uniform and they caused interest from

others attending. So much so that on

23rd February 1905 the 1st Southport

Company was formed. Forty boys and

four officers met at St Philips School

on the first night, under the captaincy

of Mr Fred Burnett.

Within weeks the word had spread

locally with other churches opening

their doors to boys. As more

companies started up, there were

eventually enough to form the

Southport and District Battalion in

1946, which celebrates 60 years’

existence this year.

Our church is now called St Philip and

St Paul with Wesley, which is the

amalgamation of three churches and

four BB companies. The 1st Southport

has had a long association with the

North West District Display at

Blackpool (now held at Southport). We

have taken part as a Battalion many

times but most notably as a company

item of ‘Bell Ringers’, performing on

Last year the Battalion celebrated its

centenary. Among the special events a

Thanksgiving service was held at our

church. It started with a parade led by

the newly formed Battalion Band, a

service and a buffet and time of

fellowship. In June we held a Battalion

camp at Rydal Hall in the Lake District

for Junior and Company Sections.

Presently, we have small but

enthusiastic groups of Anchors and

Juniors with a dedicated team of

leaders. We take part in Battalion

events such as Anchor fun days, Junior

Carol Service, Bible Reading, Arts and

Crafts, 5-a-side football, swimming

gala, indoor games and outdoor

sports. Both sections meet separately

on a Friday evening with a varied

programme and a monthly church

parade service.

We are grateful to God that for over a

century many hundreds of boys have

benefited from their membership of

the 1st Southport Company.

Jon Singleton

Captain, 1st Southport Company

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 19

than ever before! Already confirmed for

‘Passion’ are bands Onehundredhours

and Dweeb and worship leader Rex

Allchurch . Young people from the

Brigades will also be contributing to the

programme in a variety of ways.


Foundations 2006? Plans for the

biggest event in the Brigades

calendar are well underway and the

festival is continuing to evolve its

programme of Christian teaching,

worship, activities, music and

performing arts. In its 16th year Firm

Foundations will be held on the bank

holiday weekend at the end of May at

Felden Lodge, the BB’s National

Headquarters in Hertfordshire.

If you haven’t been before, you’re

probably wondering what it’s all about.

The programme is varied and offers a

wide range of activities – whether

you’re young or a little bit older,

Christian or just thinking about it, with

a group or on your own. Everyone’s

welcome – BB/GB young people and

leaders, church groups and generally to

anybody who would like to experience

what the festival has to offer!


Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead

26th to 29th May 2006

The theme for the 2006 event is

‘Passion.’ We all have interests and

enthusiasms, skills and talents, loves

and longings which define us a people

and make us unique. God wants us to

be passionate about Him and to use

the gifts he’s given us for His glory. He

wants us to celebrate our diversity and

recognise that, with Jesus as our focus,

there are many different ways in

engaging with Him – through music,

sport, drama, dance, IT, film, art or

whatever your passion is!

Headlining the festival will be

Delirious? – a band whose passion for

what they do has made them one of

the world’s top Christian rock bands.

As part of their European tour, the

band will be performing to an audience

of over 1,500 on the Sunday evening –

the biggest event the festival has ever

staged and one of the few

opportunities there will be to catch the

band in the UK in 2006.

In addition a host of artists, bands and

speakers are being lined up to make

the 2006 programme fuller and better

As ever the activities programme will

offer a wide range of choices and this

year Christians in Sport will be

supporting the activities and workshop

programmes. Join us in 2006 to

experience Firm Foundations whether

it’s for the 1st time or 16th… find out

more and book now!

Are you able to help at FF2006?

Firm Foundations has a team of people

to help plan and run the event. Areas

in which the festival needs help are

Stewarding, Catering, Activities,

Pastoral care, Electricians and site

Maintenance. Workers pay a

discounted fee for the festival and

receive meal vouchers. If you are able

to help out at the event in one of the

teams please contact Simon Dean at

GB Central Office for a worker’s

application form; or call 01235 510 425.

who are Delirious?

With more than a decade behind

them as one of the UK’s most

inspiring rock bands, the band’s

history reads like a manual for

global rock success. What started

out with home grown tapes sold

from the back of school halls

quickly became top 20 chart hits,

million plus sales and

international touring. ‘The

Mission Bell’ – their forthcoming

album – will have

its path beaten by

the release of the

stunning single,

‘Paint The Town


Booking and prices for 2006

BB/GB members paying in full by 31 March 2006

BB/GB members paying after 31 March 2006

Non-BB/GB members paying in full by 31 March 2006

Non-BB/GB members paying after 31 March 2006

£50.00 per person

£60.00 per person

£57.00 per person

£67.00 per person

Day tickets are also available on the gate priced from £15. To book for FF2006 you

can download a booking form from the FF Website or contact GB Central Office

on 01235 510 425

page 20 • VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006


can now raise money in their

sleep – by taking part in the

UK’s 3rd annual Giant Sleepover on

17th/18th June 2006. More than

50,000 children aged from 6-11 years

are expected to take part and break the

Guinness World Record for the Biggest

Simultaneous Sleepover. Sleepovers

can also be used to raise funds. In

2005 sleepovers raised money for the

group involved and also for national

charities, including Childline.

Sleepovers will take place in

churches, schools, meeting huts and

other amazing locations across the UK

and even internationally. Last year a

new world record was set with 31,584

participants in 1,016 sleepovers from

Delhi, India to the Falkland Islands.

The Giant Sleepover is ideal for

Junior Section age (8 to 11years) in the

BB, but is not limited to that age

group and the Company Section age

group is encouraged to take part with

younger boys.

Each sleepover receives a FREE

Treasure Box of products and every boy

will receive a FREE Goody Bag. Leaders

are well looked after too, with a stepby-step

guide and an information pack

to help run their sleepovers. Local

Brigades can also be ‘twinned’ with

primary schools to make organising

their event even easier.

The 2006 Giant Sleepover is

designed to be maximum fun for kids

with suggested activities including

pillow fights and a midnight feast. The

Simultaneous Sleepover record

requires participants to be asleep or

have lights off for 7 hours. With so

many fun and games, organisers know

that this is a tall order! The 2006

event will also see an attempt to break

Boys’ Brigade ZZZs for Charity £££s

2006 Giant Sleepover – the world’s biggest

the world record for the Biggest

Simultaneous Teeth Brushing, which

will take place on the Sunday morning.

The sleepover can be in church hall,

residential centre, campsite, or

perhaps you could even investigate

holding your sleepover somewhere a

bit different…. Last year groups held

sleepovers at the ‘London Dungeons’

amongst other famous locations.

Don’t forget that through

participating in this event boys could

cover topics from the ‘Juniors

Programme Pack’ including ‘Help a

Charity’ and ‘Looking after your teeth’;

as well as the packs being a great

resource for ideas on games, crafts,

etc for boys to do during the event.

Companies wishing to get involved in

the fun need to register** NOW for

the 2006 event, which will be held on

17th/18th June 2006.

To register a sleepover just visit or call the

Sleepover Hotline on 0870 240 1640

**Registration for the 2006 event can be

done online or over the phone, and a

registration fee £10 and per person

participation fee of £1 per head is

payable on registering.

Please Note: Brigade Regulations

apply, and all events although

registered with ‘The Giant Sleepover’

MUST be registered with your

regional BB Headquarters. For more

details on Brigade Regulations

applying to overnight experiences

please call your regional


Event founder, Steve

Malkin from Sevenoaks,

Kent, said: “When the

kids are awake they will

have fun and when they

sleep they will be


VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 21

The Boys’ Brigade Millennium

Volunteers Scheme has been

extremely successful in many

respects. By the end of

September 596 young people

had signed up to the scheme;

the target for the last quarter

(440) had been exceeded

considerably. This is

encouraging since one of the

main requirements of

Millennium Volunteers is that

the volunteering activity has to

be of benefit to the community.

In addition to the abovementioned

target, we also aimed

to increase the percentage of

young people with disabilities

and those from ethnic minority

groups that sign up to the

scheme. On the last project only

3% of the young people were

from these categories. By the

end of September we had

achieved our aim, 16% of the

Millennium Volunteers were

from ethnic minority groups and

5% of them had disabilities.

We have not yet reached the

targets for the number of young

people claiming 100 and 200

hour awards. By the end of

September, 208 MV’s had

claimed 100 hour awards and

110 had claimed 200 hour

awards, which are both below

the targets set for that date.

However, due to the high

number of young people who

have signed onto this scheme

and our previous high retention

rate, we are confident that we

will achieve the targets set for

the number of 100 and 200 hour

awards claimed. To date we have

had three MV Award

ceremonies, which have all been

at the schools with which we

have been working.

Jennifer Earlington

MV Project Officer

Have you heard about BOYS’


the result of the efforts of two

Company Section members from

Manchester and Nottingham to

produce a means of

communication between members

in the UK and around the World.

This has evolved and is now the

official forums run by The Boys’

Brigade UK, and is run by the

founding team and members of the

Web Support Team.

The website, at www.boysbrigade consists of a range of

forums for discussion of subjects,

which so far have included “The

Best bits of the Brigade”, KGVI,

displays, and an attempt to answer

one of the most cliché questions in

existence- “just how long is a piece

of string?”

Queen’s Badge

7th Chelmsford Company

(l to r) Richard Lee, Martin

Smith and Stephen Dilley were

presented with their awards by

the Mayor of Chelmsford,

Councillor Duncan Lumley and

the Mayoress.

The website is managed to ensure

the safety of all users and conforms

to best practice guidelines. Use of

the forums requires registration

with e-mail confirmation (please

note this is separate to other logon

details for BB websites).

Since the forums’ launch in August

2005 it has continued to grow

everyday, with members from

around the world including UK,

Malaysia, Australia, among other


Check out the website and sign up,

and most important let other

members of your Company/

Battalion/District know about this

great facility!

For more information contact

1st Mid Suffolk Company

Robert Watts being presented with

his Queen’s Badge by Mr Martyn

Waters (BB HQ) and Mr Andrew

Royal, Company Captain.

7th Birmingham Company

Sam Adams and Tom Longvill

received QB awards from Company

President, Mike Meadows.

page 22 • VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006

My Day at Buckingham Palace

Sarah Pickering looks back on a great day


invited to go to a reception at

Buckingham Palace as a BB

representative to celebrate the Year of

the Volunteer. My mum came with me

and we had an early start to be there

at 11.50am. Once there I joined a

queue of people with invitations. Two

policemen were checking for

presentation cards and ID’s and

directing us where to go.

Inside the palace we were directed up a

flight of stairs into a room where tables

were laid out on with rows of name

badges. Once we had a name badge

we were sent to another room where

refreshments were being offered.

While waiting one of the Buckingham

Palace workers explained what was

going to happen. The Royals would

speak first to the celebrities and then

they would circulate among the other


A few minutes later two men started

organising people into groups ready to

speak to the Queen. I wasn’t chosen

to be in one of these so I stood at the

back, but couldn’t see a lot as I’m only

tiny! When the Queen appeared she

first spoke to a group from ITV who

had screened some programmes to fit

with the ‘Year of the Volunteer’, and

then she moved on.

In one of the rooms a representative

from the Home Secretary spoke to us.

While we were talking to her the man

who was organising groups to talk to

the Queen put us in the order that we

should speak to her. I was first! The

Queen spoke to us all individually and

asked us what tasks/role we had

performed within our organisation.

Then we spoke to Prince Philip who

asked us where we had been


Further on in this room we also spoke

to Prince Edward who spoke to me for

quite a while. He thought I was with

The Girls’ Brigade but I told him I had

been a Millennium Volunteers’ adviser

for The Boys’ Brigade. He also asked

me if I had done my Duke of

Edinburgh’s Award and when I told

him I had completed the gold level, he

said ‘well done’!

Some of the celebrities involved in the

ITV Year of the Volunteer theme were

from the cast from Coronation Street

(actors who play Claire, Ashley, Sean

and Jason) and we got their


Walking back to the gate to meet my

mum, I looked back at all the people

at the Palace and felt quite important!

I really enjoyed my time at

Buckingham Palace, meeting and

speaking to some interesting people.

Sarah Pickering

39th Nottingham

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Open Gold Expedition/

Exploration 2006 Dartmoor


Gold Expedition / Exploration

will take place 19th August –

26th August 2006 and is open to

members of The Boys’ and Girls’

Brigades and participants from other

Award Groups. The wild country area

of Dartmoor will be the venue for this

excellent opportunity and the

expedition base will be ‘Broadleas’ at

Haytor, The Boys’ Brigade West of

England and Channel Islands District

Camping and Training Centre.

The week will include opportunities for

participants to plan all aspects of the

expedition or exploration; time to shop

for ‘last minute’ items; a preexpedition

check; an acclimatisation

walk and the qualifying journey; time

to prepare and deliver a verbal account

of the venture, should this be the

chosen method.

It also offers participants who are

unable to form a group within their

own company/ group the opportunity

to complete the Expedition Section of

the Award. This venture is offered as a

Gold assessment or a full-scale


Qualified and experienced instructors

will undertake assessment and

supervision. There will be no

requirement for companies to supply


Accommodation prior to and after the

venture will be indoors, allowing

participants to plan and prepare for

the expedition in comfort, as well as

offering a suitable venue to wind

down, prepare and deliver their

account of the venture.

The cost is £80.00, which covers the

cost of administration, assessment,

accommodation, and meals from

evening meal on Saturday until the start

of the venture, breakfast and lunch on

Friday and campsite fees.

On the Thursday evening, after the

venture, there is a meal at ‘The Old

Inn’ in Widecombe-in-the-Moor,

enabling participants to celebrate their

achievement! Please note this meal is

NOT included in the cost of the

venture. Groups / individuals will be

responsible for travel to and from the


Please contact Dave Mayo (Boys’

Brigade Training Officer) on 01543

271182 or 07734 567750, if you have a

group or individual members who

would wish to register for the venture.

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 23


of Felden


October Gazette referred to the

formation of a strategy group for

Felden Lodge, similar to the ‘Friends

of Carronvale’.

‘Friends of Felden’ is being formed

with a remit to primarily nurture

Felden Lodge and fundraise.

Many of you will have a great fondness

for Felden Lodge and like myself, have

very happy memories of fun and

fellowship with officers and boys alike.

Unfortunately, Felden is in need of a

considerable amount of nurturing. We

are looking for those who are or have

been involved in the BB, to help make

the ‘old lady’ look like a princess ready

to go to the ball, rather than Cinderella

as she does at present.

Considerable work has been done

during the past twenty years, thanks to

the amazing efforts of a few dedicated

volunteer fundraisers. We have added

an accommodation block and

dining room, which has been

provided with the funds raised.

However, there are little funds

available to continue

maintenance and repairs. .

There are three ways you can help:

• You can join the ‘Friends of Felden’. For an annual subscription of

£15.00 you will receive regular newsletters and invitations to events

organised and know that your subscription will be used to support the

continued use of Felden.

• You can make a difference by offering your skills, whatever they might

be. Working parties, fundraising events and activities at different times

of the year will be organised. Whatever you can do, it will ALWAYS make

a difference.

• You can offer goods. We will be drawing up a ‘wish list’ of things we

need, which could be anything from plants, paint, tools, prizes for

competitions. We will always need donations.

and the buildings will continue to

deteriorate and we could lose one of

The Boys’ Brigade’s most valuable

resources, which is there for present

and future generations of BB members

to use.

you can help and what to sign up for: Please ring

The Boys’ Brigade HQ on 01442

231681 or email

if you would like further


If we do not address these

issues now, the defects

An application form is available on the

BB website which gives details of how

Jan Longhurst

‘Friends of Felden’ Strategy Group

Felden Lodge Garden Party will be

held on 20th May 2006:

Further details shortly

page 24 • VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006

Around Scotland

Colour by Numbers


Colouring competition for your

Anchor & Junior Section boys.

(This competition is not

restricted to Scottish companies

– any BB Company can enter.

Simply download the colour by

numbers picture of the founder

from the BB Scotland website,


photocopy it

and let your boys colour it in.

(paper copies available from

Carronvale) Closing date for

entries 10th February 2006.

Send your entries to Carronvale.

Christian Board

Game reviews

A further 9 reviews of Christian

board games have been made

available on the BB Scotland

website (

This makes a total of 21 board

games which have now been

reviewed by the Scottish

Development Group.

If you do not have access to the

internet then contact Carronvale

to obtain a paper copy.

Challenge no.45 Domino Run

Senior’s Challenge

Looking for ideas for your

seniors, then the Senior’s

Challenge is for you! There is

still time to start, they only need

to achieve 10 of the challenges

to gain a bronze certificate, 20

for a silver and 30 for a gold.

Challenge no.70 Climb a Munro


Scotland’s biggest and best Christian Youth Festival

16 – 18 June 2006


next part of the session and what

better way to round it off than by

taking the boys along to Crossover,

Scotland’s biggest Christian Youth

Festival. Plans are well underway for

the 2006 festival, at Broomlee Centre,

West Linton from 16th to 18th June.

There’s plenty for everyone to do all

weekend – not just the young folk but

the leaders as well. The programme will

follow the theme of “Escape” and for

you that might just be recharging your

Camping £60 £45

Accommodation £70 £55

Saturday Day Ticket £25 £20

Sunday Day Ticket £15 £12

batteries, while the boys are off

enjoying themselves.

As you will have read in previous

Gazettes we want to encourage youth

participation in all the work we do

and Crossover is no different. We want

to hear the views of the boys as we

plan the event – get them to log on to

the Crossover website www.crossover. and visit the Youth Reps and

Focus Groups area in the News

section. Not only do we want to hear

All inclusive Entry only Special Offer

£5 off Camping tickets

up until 28 February


Crossover 2005

views from the youth attending, we

are also inviting some to get involved

in the Activities, Worship and

Programme groups.

Book before the end of February 2006

and get a £5 reduction per ticket on

camping places, whether on an ‘all

inclusive’ basis or entry only. Not sure

about coming for the whole weekend?

then consider coming for the day on

the Saturday or Sunday – although

most groups who have wished they had

come for the whole weekend.

For an information pack, available

January 2006, contact Carronvale,

unless you are a regular and one will be

sent to you automatically.

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 25

14th National 10-Pin

Bowling Championships

The finalists emerged and honours

went to the 10th Enfield with a great

400+ score and 53rd Manchester were

the runners up. All results are shown


If your company has not entered for a

few years, or perhaps never got around

to it – then why not consider entering

in 2006. Come and experience this

great Boys’ Brigade event.

For details, please visit our website


Allan Tresidder

Championship Administrator




1st 10th Enfield [1] 404

2nd 53rd Manchester [1] 360

3rd 11th Enfield [1] 357

4th 3rd Bedford [1] 28



1st 9th SE Essex [2] 327

2nd 11th Northampton [2] 303

3rd 7th Southport [3] 283

4th 1st Church [3] 207

Wooden Skittle

1st Church [2]

Highest Frame Score

Lee Bailey 11th Enfield 194


the venue for the past 13

years (The Bedford

Megabowl) ‘ceased to trade’! With the

event full as usual, we desperately

sought a new partner and were

delighted when GoBowling at

Dunstable, came to our aid.

We were not disappointed with the

service! Six lane mechanics, a further

4 lane marshals, 2 desk staff, a trainee

Manager and the General Manager

(plus other staff) were stationed to

ensure that we had the best Bowling

Championships ever.

Once again, we are grateful to Priory

Methodist Church for hosting our


Once again the new Alley format

proved to be a great success, which

now caters for the 2nd and 3rd teams

(as well as ‘young’ 1st teams). The

entries for this league were up on last

year. The Main Championship is now

1st teams only, and still contains a

mixture of abilities. After the qualifying

rounds the Officers’ Competition was

held, for a bit of fun. Tony Churton of

9th South East Essex with a 180, took

the title (for his second time).

Officer Champion

Tony Churton 9th SE Essex 180

Mr. Chris Row, presenting the trophy to the

Championship Winners: 10th Enfield

page 26 • VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006

Remembrance Sunday:

13th November 2005


along with five other BB

Companies represented The

Boys’ Brigade at this year’s

Remembrance Ceremony at the

Cenotaph in London.

On the Sunday Morning we were up

very early to get ready and catch a tube

train from Euston to Trafalgar Square.

We got there at about 9am and “fell

in” with the other five Companies. Our

50 strong contingent consisted of the

83rd Birmingham, 1st Bournemouth,

1st Kempston, 1st Malvern, and the

two Northern Ireland Companies – 1st

Knocknamuckley and 1st Rathfriland.

Our Captain told us there would be a

lot of “hanging around” and he was

not wrong! We formed up into our

column in 6 rows outside the old Was

Office building in Whitehall, and

waited there for over 2 hours before

we started marching.

We managed to watch some of the

service on a large TV screen that had

been erected along the side of the

road. At 11am Big Ben struck struck

and the whole of London seemed to

have stopped.

Once we got going, we were marching

to the band of the Grenadier Guards.

It was a nerve-wracking experience,

marching past the Cenotaph with all

those armed Guards lined-up – but it

was an experience none of us will ever


As we marched down Whitehall,

members of the public, who had come

to watch the procession, were cheering

and applauding. This applauding took

a while to get used to, as some of us

could not believe that they were

applauding us.

As we passed Downing Street and

turned the corner towards Horse

Guards Parade, we saw His Royal

Highness The Prince of Wales waiting

to take the salute. As we approached

him, we were given the command

“eyes right”, (fortunately nobody

looked left), and Prince Charles to the


We then turned onto Horse Guards

Parade where Mr. Hern, Captain of the

1sr Malvern Company and our

Commanding Officer, dismissed the

BB contingent.

The 6 Boys and 2 Officers from St.

Stephen’s set off from Birmingham

International on Saturday 12th

November and stayed overnight in a

hotel in Euston.

Then a cannon went off to signal the

start of the 2 minute silence and

everything else fell silent. After the 2

minutes was up, the cannon went off

again and “last post” was played.

It was a very memorable day, which we

will certainly never forget.

Cpl. Iain Gardner

83rd Birmingham Company

Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries

Beginning with this issue the format of Obituaries has changed. Details of BB

members who have died will be recorded in a shorter form, which does not in any

way diminish the value of their service to the Brigade. We pay tribute to all those

mentioned within these columns and extend sympathy to their family and friends.

KEITH MANNING (72) was a boy in

the 6th Derby Company and became

an officer in 1967. In 1970 he went to

help the 3rd Derby and became

Lieutenant in charge. He also served

as Junior Section Chairman of the

Battalion and faithfully served the

churches of the companies in many

ways. He will be remembered for his

sense of humour.

ALBERT MERCER (84) joined The Life

Boys of the 31st London Company in

1931 and eventually became Captain.

He went on to serve in the 87th London

and 3rd Bromley Companies. He used

his musical skills in the company band

and in the Battalion and District,

teaching drums and bugle. He carried

out his many jobs quietly and efficiently

to the highest personal standard.

JAMES SWIFT (78) was one of the

founder members of 1st Haydock in

1955 and he was the first Captain. He

was one of the prime movers of the ‘St

Helen’s group’ camps. Jim will be

remembered for his mischievous

sense of humour, fierce intellect, fine

Christian example and as a loyal and

trusted member of 1st Haydock



the Boy Reserves of the 28th Liverpool

Company (St Clement’s Parish Church,

Toxteth) in 1925 and thus began some

71 years of service in the Brigade. He

joined the 15th Liverpool on its

formation in 1928 and became Captain

in 1960. His selfless service to the

Brigade was recognised by the award

of the British Empire Medal in 1992.

He will be remembered with affection

for the high standards he set for

himself and others.

BETTY WIGHT (76) served as a leader

in the Life Boy Team of 63rd London

Company and also served as Life Boy

Secretary in West London Battalion.

Betty and her husband Bob ran the

61st Liverpool Company. We give

thanks for Betty’s many years’ service

to the Brigade.

LEE WILSON (19) joined the 4th

Plymouth Company as an Anchor Boy

and became a Lieutenant. His lovable

character and ever ready laughter will

be sadly missed by staff and boys of

the company.

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 27


Mandry in providing Stedfast

Association News and would like to

apologise for the lack of information in

the last few issues. The Liverpool Past

Members’ Association has been

celebrating its 70th Anniversary during

the past year and the major

celebration was the Annual Reunion

Dinner on 28th October. The speaker

was the former Brigade President, His

Honour Judge Reg Lockett, and the

event, attended by over 150 past

members, was a great success.

During the evening a letter expressing

the best wishes of Her Majesty The

Queen was read. The Kuala Lumpur

Stedfast Association recently

celebrated its tenth anniversary and I




Funding Update

would like to offer our best wishes to

everyone in Liverpool and Kuala


The London Stedfast Association held

its Thanksgiving Service and Annual

General Meeting on 1 October. The

former featured the dedication of a

new Colour, and presentations to John

May and Frances & John Russell in

recognition of their service to the

Association. Still with London,

proposals to form a LSA Brass Band

and a UK Bugle Band have been made

by David Kemp. For more details,

please contact David on (01634)


I have two advance dates for your

diaries. Firstly, the Federation of

Stedfast Associations, United

Looking for funding to run a specific project or purchase equipment for your

company? Take a look through the funding programmes listed below to see if

they could help you in your area.



This programme is aimed at

community groups who want to make

a difference in their own communities.

The community can be geographically

based – such as a village, town or

housing estate – or could be a

community of people brought together

to address a specific issue which

affects them.

Contact the Foundation office on

01706 202032 to request a copy of the

application form.



This fund supports individuals who

wish to get involved in community

activity and those who have already

shown leadership.

Grants are available (max £2000) and

the scheme ends at the end of March


Further details and an online

application form are available online



or by telephone on 020 7217 3302.



Are you looking for free goods?

Goodwill Gallery provides an Internet

site allowing you to search for new,

used and unwanted items donated by

businesses and members of the


All goods are free, you just need to

contact the person and go and collect.

For more information go to


Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, will

be holding its Annual General Meeting

in Belfast over the weekend of 6 & 7

May 2006. The Northern Ireland

Stedfast Association will be the hosts,

and we are all looking forward to an

excellent weekend.

I am pleased to be able to confirm that

our friends in Northern Ireland will

also be hosting the sixth International

Convention of Stedfast Associations.

Although this will not be until 2008, I

am sure that we are in for a treat.

More information will be available on

both events in due course.

If you would like to contribute

anything for future columns, please let

me know. I can be contacted on

(01633) 215753 or at phillip.stallard Finally, the family

of Stedfast Associations would like to

welcome our new Brigade President,

The Very Revd Professor Alan Main.

We look forward to meeting him and

Mrs Main at an event very soon.

Philip C Stallard

Publicity Officer, Federation of Stedfast

Associations, United Kingdom and

Republic of Ireland



Don’t forget a good source of local

funding can be Rotary Clubs, Round

Table, Lions, Livery Companies, etc – it

would certainly be worth finding out

which of these organisations and other

similar organisations are running in

your area.


An e-mail service where more funding

opportunities are sent out is available

through the BBUK Website.

For more information and to subscribe

to this service go to:

More opportunities for funding will be

in the next Gazette, including a

number of new initiatives starting in


page 28 • VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006


BB Supplies is able to take orders 24

hours a day, 7 days a week through the

online shop, or alternatively between

9am and 5pm Monday to Friday orders

can be taken by telephone (As usual

orders will only be processed and

despatched between 9am to 5pm

Monday to Friday). You can order from

BB Supplies in the following ways:


Telephone: 0870 744 2292

Fax: 0870 720 3842

Post: The Boys’ Brigade, BB Supplies,

Garcia Estate, Canterbury Road,

Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1BW


As well as being able to order 24 hours

a day, online you will find an easy to

navigate website with full descriptions

and images to help you in selecting

the products you wish to buy, as well

as being able to see if items are out of

stock. Even if you do not wish to place

your order online, you can use the

online shop as a way of making your

shopping list.


When ordering by Telephone, Post or

Fax please use your BB Supplies

catalogue and order form if

appropriate with details including

Product Code, Name, Price and

Quantity. Also please do not forget to

add Postage and Packing to your

order. Orders by telephone must be

paid with a Credit Card. Cheques or

Postal Orders should be made payable

to “The Boys’ Brigade” and cash

should not be sent through the post.


Standard turn around for orders is 3-5

working days from point of order. All

orders will be sent out 2nd class or

48hour service unless specified

(postage and packaging as below). A

next working day service is available at

additional premium of £8 per order (in

addition to standard postage and

packaging, and orders must be

received by 12noon the day before the

order is required). Please ensure that

the standard postage and packing

charge is added to all orders as below:

Orders up to £50.00 in value £2.50

Orders over £50.00 and

under £250.00 in value £4.50

Orders over £250.00 in value FREE

* Charges same as in BB Supplies

Catalogue (issued September 2005)

BB Supplies

Following the outsourcing of BB Supplies as announced in the

October 2005 Gazette, BB Supplies will be closed between 9th

December 2005 and 8th January 2006. BB Supplies will re-open

on Monday 9th January 2006 from its new location.


The following products have been added to the BB Supplies catalogue and are

available for purchase from 9th January 2006.

Dartington Crystal range for The Boys’ Brigade

We have teamed up with Dartington Crystal to bring a range of gifts

with the BB emblem. Ideal gifts for long Service, retirement or just for

saying thank you.

Dartington Crystal is renowned throughout the world as the leader in

beautifully designed handmade crystal. From its original rural Devon base,

Dartington Crystal has been making fine English crystal for over 35 years.

All products are packaged in distinctive ‘Dartington Crystal’ boxes.

11 990 1 Devon Blue Candle Bowl £29.00

11 991 1 Devon Clear Candle Bowl £29.00

11 992 1 Devon Blue Vase £37.00

11 993 1 Devon Clear Vase £37.00

11 994 1 Opus Vase £23.00

11 995 1 Athena Bowl £45.00

11 996 1 Old Fashioned Pebble Glasses £30.00

11 997 1 Paperweight £20.00

11 998 1 Crescent Clock £45.00


Products that are not in stock at time

of ordering can still be ordered, and

will be sent on as soon as they are in

stock. Payment will be taken at time of

order (delivery times will be stated

when ordering by phone/online).


2006 Pocket Diary

Pocket Diary (A6) with BB crest on

front – £1.50 each (previously £3.00)

VOLUME 114 No. 1 • January 2006 • page 29

Small ads Small ads Small ads Small ads

Small Advertisements Copy to Mary Care, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

HP3 0BL. The Boys’ Brigade takes no responsibility for statements made in any

advertisements here or elsewhere in the BB Gazette. Advertisements for April issue

should be received not later than 1st February. The cost is 20p per word.


The following sites have been officially approved,

having met Guidelines laid down by the Brigade,

and local Fire and Public Health Authorities.

CAMP 2006/7 NORFOLK. BB canvas camp site

fully equipped for up to 50 persons near

Sheringham. Superb clifftop location with sea

view and access to beach from camp site. Contact

Chris Norman for more information: (t) 020

83604529 (e)


choice of camping areas and modern indoor

accommodation in an unrivalled setting in the

central Scottish Highlands near to Loch Lomond.

Visiting groups can undertake an extensive range

of challenging and adventurous activities (on-and

off-site) and there are lots of places of interest to

visit close by. Free colour brochure available from

Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, Blanefield,

Stirlingshire G63 9AU. Tel: 01360 770256;

Fax: 01360 771197; E-mail:



campsite (operated by 10 th Enfield) fully

equipped for up to 50 (smaller camps welcome)

at the BBUK HQ in Hertfordshire (from June to

September). Mains toilets and showers provided.

Minibus available for hire. Access to sports hall

and all-weather outdoor sports pitch on site,

close to activity/leisure centres. Also within easy

reach of theme parks and central London. For

more information contact Chris Norman on (t)

07703 571915 or (e)

HONEYHILL CAMP; (NW Kent Battalion). 12

acres Bearsted near Maidstone. Easy access to

coast, places of interest, sports facilities. Building

with kitchen, gas, electricity, mess tent. Contact

Ian Humphreys, Tel: 07870 197715.


Enjoy the hills and the Blue Flag beaches of the

Snowdonia National Park. Camp at The Boys’



There are three sites. The main Centre site for up

to 90 persons has vacancies from August 26 th

onwards. There are vacancies on two sites for up

to 50 persons in 2006. All sites have in their own

2-acre field electric lighting, calor gas cooking,

flush toilets; showers are available. Details from

Trevor Gibbs, 125 Taylor Road, Birmingham, B13

OPB. Tel: 0121 444 1723.


(Barmouth) and Pwllheli (Llyn Peninsula). Both

sites fully equipped and with hot and cold

running water in kitchens and toilets. Gas cookers

in kitchens, flush toilets and purpose built dining

hall and can cater for up to 50 persons.

Sites with no canvas available early and late

season. Apply for written details to: D K Jones, 2

Edinburgh Avenue, Caergwrle, Wrexham,

Denbighshire LL12 9LT. Tel: 01978761105. Mobile:

07729 843993.

Camp 2006 and 2007. Popular site at


August. Fully equipped, flush toilets, mains/calor

gas cooking, electric fridge, freezer and lighting.

Close to safe, sandy beaches and leisure center.

Minimum charge 20 campers. For free

information pack and further enquiries contact

Daniel Hicks, Freshwater Camp Equipment Trust,

Hillview, Bay Road, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

PO40 9QS. Tel: 01983 754855 Email: Website:

NORTH DEVON campsite. Large field, sea views,

permanent cookhouse, showers and toilets. Fully

equipped for up to 80. Contact: Geoff Hills,

Warcombe Farmhouse, Warcombe Lane,

Morthoe, N Devon EX34 7EJ. Tel: 01271 870501.



BLACKPOOL AREA. Self-catering

accommodation. (1) Accommodation for 44 in

comfort. 4 single bedrooms for staff. 2 shower

rooms, bedding and crockery provided. Fully

equipped kitchen. (2) Small Party Unit for 16

persons, including 2 staff rooms. Fully equipped

as above. (3) Camp site with camp

kitchen/dining room, shower and toilet facilities.

The complex includes a large sports hall with

climbing wall and sports field. Quiet situation

near Kirkham, a market town on the Fylde Coast.

Within easy reach of Theme Parks and Lake

District. For brochure contact: The Warden, The

Boys’ Brigade, Carr Lane, Treales, Kirkham, PR4

3SS. Tel/Fax: 01772-685000.


CENTRES. Four beautiful locations in the south of

England, the Midlands and the Scottish Borders

offering self-catering accommodation (indoors

and ready pitched tents). A wide variety of

instructed activities at four centres (catered

option also available). For brochures and prices

contact Brian Barnes, Barnabas Trust, FREEPOST

TN2 186, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9BR. Tel: 01732


SOUTHERN SCOTLAND. Spacious Edwardian

house in its own grounds within the lovely town

of Moffat. Rent the Well Road Centre for a selfcatering

conference/ activity weekend/week. Open

all year. Two meeting/ activity rooms. Large

kitchen and dining room. 13 comfortable

bedrooms of various size. Indoor sports hall. The

beautiful Moffat hills for hiking/orienteering.

Suitable for groups of 20 to 65 in number. Only

your group in occupation during your stay. For

brochure contact: Well Road Centre, Moffat DG10

9JT. Tel: 01683 221040 or e-mail:

ANGLESEY. Self-catering bunkhouse

accommodation and camping on our 9-acre

smallholding set in the tranquility of rural

Anglesey. One mile from Bennllech beach.

Showers/toilets, large, recently refurbished, fully

equipped kitchen/dining room, drying facilities.

Three carpeted bunkhouses, sleeping up to 28.

Games room and large field for football etc.

Ample parking. In addition to this beautiful

setting we have our own coarse fishing lake, also

available for canoeing. Outdoor activities can be

arranged. Discounts for group bookings. Family

run business, we aim to please. More information

contact Jean and Keith Twist 01248 853024. Email:


private secluded farm site near River Dart. Farm

facilities include shop/telephone/showers. Fully

equipped for 45 with white canvas and cooking by

calor. For details send a sae to Mike Morrey, 8

Castle Road West, Oldbury B68 OEW. Tel: 0121

422 0479 after 6pm.

GREEN MOOR CENTRE, Sheffield & District

Battalion’s residential centre for Training and

Outdoor Pursuits. Sleeps 28 (3 dormitories, a

separate 2-staff bedroom and separate 2-

staff/disabled bedroom. Toilets, showers and fully

fitted kitchen. Situated in the Upper Don Valley,

10 miles north of Sheffield on edge of Peak

District National Park, within easy reach of MA.

Grid ref SK280994. Contact Sue Cowie, tel/fac:

01246-274021 email:


Kayaking, Climbing, Open Canoeing, Surfing,

Abseiling, Archery, the River Challenge and The

Quest! A reputation for truly adventurous

activities in spectacular settings. We’re happy to

arrange anything from one-off sessions to weekly

programmes. great range of campsites,

bunkhouse and hostel accommodation. Contact:

Simon, Shoreline Outdoor Pursuits, 11a Crooklets,

Bude, Cornwall EX23 8NE. Tel: 01288 354039.



CAMP AT CROMER – fully equipped for 60,

available summer 2006. Details: 0208 8044041.

EAST COWES, I.O.W. Church hall

accommodation, sleeps 20. Toilets and showers,

fully furnished kitchen. Only 20 minutes from

mainland connection. For further information and

details of the above, contact Maureen Muncaster,

tel: 01983 296877.

Best BB/GB permanent campsite in the South of


now booking for 2007/8 onwards. 6 acres, fields,

woodland and lake. Cookhouse, toilets, showers.

Hire with or without canvas. Edge of New Forest.

Established 20 years. Run by ex-BB officers.

Charges per head per night. Tel: 01590 644573.


Dates in August 2006. Canvas camp site for up to

40 people with large marquee, cook tent, brick

built toilet/shower facilities, field for

sports/games. Local facilities for quad biking,

horse riding. 5 minute drive to Ilfracombe. Surfing

in nearby Woolacoombe. Contact Kevin Harper on

0121 745 2456 ( for

an information pack.

DANBURY OUTDOORS. This outdoor centre in

Essex (6 miles from Chelmsford and 1 mile off

the A12) is available for year round camping and

outdoor activities. Fully equipped campsite set in

70-acre parkland with toilet/shower block and

washing up facilities. Camping equipment is

available including tents and marquees. A selfcatering

residential unit for 28 people can also be

booked. It is an approved Duke of Edinburgh’s

Award site and is ideal as a base for Duke of

Edinburgh’s Award Bronze expeditions. Currently

seeking approval to become a Boys’ Brigade

approved site. For further information, please

contact the centre manager at Danbury Outdoors,

tel: 01245 223342, fax: 01245 223320 or email; web address:

Best BB/GB permanent campsite in the South of


now booking for 2007/8 onwards. 6 acres, fields,

woodland and lake. Cookhouse, toilets, showers.

Hire with or without canvas. Edge of New Forest.

Established 20 years. Run by ex-BB officers.

Charges per head per night. Tel: 01590 644573.


3 – 21” Fanfare Trumpets. Good condition, £90

each. 1 – 28” Bass Drum. Good condition £180.

Tel: 0151 426 7286.


Company in South Notts wishes to purchase

secondhand ‘MACE & BELL LYRE(S)’ in good

condition. Contact 0115 9843416 or 01159334476.

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“I just thought that I should say a great big

thank you to all the vectis staff for all the

help, kindness and hospitality that you

showed to us both before and during our

camp last week (August 2004). Every little

problem or query that we had was dealt with

most efficiently and kindly and we are

extremely grateful to you for all making our

life so much easier.”

– Rex Downing, Camp Secretary. N. Staffs


CALL O1344 430203



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Price List:

Weekends from £29

Long weekends from£41

Mon-Fri from £45

Summer weeks £89 All prices are per person and include VAT

Call us now!

Whithaugh Park,

FREEPOST Newcastleton Scottish Borders TD9 0BR

Tel: 01387 375 394

Fax: 01387 375 661


Please quote ref: BB Jan

A Christian Activity Centre in the Scottish Borders

Situated in the beautiful Scottish Borders, and easily

accessible from major routes, Whithaugh Park (pronounced

“Wit'ff”) is a superb well-stocked 110 acre activity centre

offering self-catering or full board options for groups of

between 5 and 200 young people. Accommodation is in

warm and welcoming log cabins. Whithaugh is run by long

established Christian charity Barnabas Trust.

✔ Free overnight stay for leaders (exploratory visit)

✔ 110 acre venue amidst breathtaking scenery

✔ Excellent self-catering accommodation for 5-200 young people

✔ Scandinavian log cabins

✔ Optional youth programme

✔ Full board option

Indoor heated swimming pool

✔ Sports hall

✔ Optional instructed activities:

on site archery, canoeing,

climbing wall etc

✔ Sports pitches

✔ Close to motorway networks



Other Barnabas Trust Centres:

Carroty Wood (Kent), Frontier Centre

(Northants) and Halls Green (Kent)





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